Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944

Directed by Vincente Minnelli, Judy Garland stars in this film about a family who prepares for an out-of-state move after girl falls in love with a new boy in the neighborhood.

Although nominated for four Academy Awards in the areas of writing, cinematography, and music, the film left empty handed. However, Margaret O’Brien, who played Tootie, received a special Oscar, the Juvenile Award for outstanding child actress, for her work in this film.

The movie seems to be almost Sci-Fi in  its display of respect when compared to many of the shows on TV today. Sad that our culture has moved away from expectation of good manners. Watching this movie reminds me that there once was a time when doors didn’t have to be locked and a man’s word meant something. One scene in this movie that stood out to me was when Tootie was in trouble and her father sat by the table and calmly spoke to her about consequences and spankings. Today’s kids would have written that a bit differently, I think.

I’ve enjoyed listening to Judy Garland’s songs in this film. She has always been the sparkle in her films. It was hard for anyone else to outshine her. Minnelli and Garland met during the filming and married soon after.

The most famous song from this movie has to be “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”. It’s a Christmas favorite for many people.

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